• Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

    Finalists have been announced on NFL.com

    Larry Allen (G/T)
    Jerome Bettis (RB)
    Tim Brown (WR)
    Cris Carter (WR)
    Curley Culp (DT/G)
    Edward DeBartolo Jr. (owner)
    Kevin Greene (LB)
    Charles Haley (DE)
    Art Modell (owner)
    Jonathan Ogden (OT)
    Bill Parcells (coach)
    Andre Reed (WR)
    Dave Robinson (LB)
    Warren Sapp (DT)
    Will Shields (G)
    Michael Strahan (DE)
    Aeneas Williams (CB)

    This year's hall of fame class will be announced February 2nd. To be elected a finalist needs 80% of a vote of the 46 members of the secretive, inept and corrupt Hall of Fame Star Chamber.

    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      I'm saying Allen, Ogden, Sapp, Parcells, Strahan (because everyone on the star chamber wants to be on his terrible tv show) and Curley Culp.

      Brett Favre will of course introduce Strahan.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      I have to agree with your list (Gasp! People agreeing on the internets!)

      I'd like to see: Parcells, Ogden, Allen, Greene and Culp.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      To separate, Culp and Robinson are both the vet's committee nominees, so they will be voted on differently than the other 15. My guess is that both will get in.

      I'll say Modell, Ogden, Parcells, Sapp, and Strahan join them, with Ogden and Strahan being the biggest locks (even though Sapp was a superior player to Strahan). Personally, I'd take Eddie DeBartolo any day of the week over Modell, but I have a feeling sentiment will take over, and get Modell elected.


      I'd love to see Kevin Greene get in, and I still think Cris Carter should get in. But it's becoming clear that Carter in particular is going to wait a while longer, while Greene my never quite make the cut.

      I also think Bettis eventually gets in, but I'm not even sure I agree with that at this point. I don't think he'd be the worst RB in the hall by any stretch, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he should make the cut.

      How Terrell Davis continues to not make the finalist cut baffles me. His career was short, but the Hall is about rewarding greatness. Gale Sayers deservedly earned his enshrinement in only 68 games. Plus, he also brought the added element of being a great kick returner. But Davis also achieved career greatness in his 78 games.

      Only Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, and Adrian Peterson have gained more yards per game than Davis. Davis remains the only player to have 2000+ yards rushing and 20+ TDs in one season.

      Davis also excelled in the postseason. In 8 postseason games, he had 91 yards in his first game, followed by 7 100+ yard performances. He AVERAGED 142.5 yards rushing, 5.6 YPC, and 1.5 TDs in the playoffs, won a Super Bowl MVP while fighting off a migrane, and was clearly the best player on 2 SB champions.

      Great players step up their game in the biggest spot, against the toughest competition, even in the most dire of circumstances.

      Great OL or not, Davis was a GREAT player, and the HOF is about awarding greatness. If career compilers like John Riggins can get in, then why can't a guy who reached comperable greatness to a slam dunk HOFer like Gale Sayers, in a comperable amount of games, even earn a spot as a finalist?

      And have I mentioned Sterling Sharpe? But I digress...
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Andre Reed was one of my all-time favourites so I'd have to choose him.

      Along with Ogden, Bettis, Haley and Parcells

      Strahan may belong in the hall, but my daughter watches him with Kathy or Kelly Ripa every day and he has begun to irritate me to no end...
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
      I'm saying Allen, Ogden, Sapp, Parcells, Strahan (because everyone on the star chamber wants to be on his terrible tv show) and Curley Culp.

      Brett Favre will of course introduce Strahan.
      Makes sense, if every coach who wins two SB's goes to the Hall.

      I'm with those who doubt Bettis, Carter. I can certainly see the argument for Kevin Greene.